New reporting from the Huffington Post indicates that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has had a falling out of sorts with the Bernie Sanders campaign, refusing to campaign for the democratic socialist for a time. Ocasio-Cortez was reportedly annoyed that Sanders accepted the endorsement of podcaster Joe Rogan.
Rogan is known for occasional off-color and politically incorrect jokes. This reputation was apparently enough for Ocasio-Cortez to distance herself from the Sanders campaign, after having endorsed Bernie for President in October.
Sanders campaign manager Faiz Shakir is said to have requested that Ocasio-Cortez campaign aggressively in support of Sanders after the Iowa caucus in New Hampshire. The New York freshman Congresswoman is said to have rebuffed the requests until a few days before the primary vote.
A Sanders campaign source was quoted as saying that “it was like pulling teeth to get her to New Hampshire.”
Ocasio-Cortez is then said to have declined several opportunities to campaign on behalf of Sanders in Nevada, South Carolina, and the following Super Tuesday states in which the Sanders campaign was resoundingly defeated by Joe Biden, perhaps losing its opportunity to win the Democratic primary.
This sort of political puritanism shows a weakness of the political left, particularly that of Bernie Sanders’ progressive wing of the Democratic Party. If an endorsement from the most popular podcaster in America is enough to alienate a major campaign surrogate, then the left isn’t really prepared to defeat the Democratic establishment.
The Left specializes in wielding cultural and institutional power, as opposed to winning control of public opinion. A serious political movement would wholly embrace the endorsement of Rogan, who quite literally has one of the most powerful platforms in the United States.
Conservatives should be prescient that their political opponents’ tendency towards thought-policing is a serious weakness.
Kanye West Announces Presidential Campaign; 2020 Spoiler?
A shock entry to the Presidential race.
Rap artist and businessman Kanye West announced that he would be running for President in a surprise Saturday tweet; surprising some political commentators on what would be a late entry to the 2020 election. However, the Montana resident and businessman declined to specifically confirm that he would be running in the 2020 election, which is merely four months away.
We must now realize the promise of America by trusting God, unifying our vision and building our future. I am running for president of the United States 🇺🇸! #2020VISION
— ye (@kanyewest) July 5, 2020
West generally trends conservative and adopted pious Christian views several years ago; changing the subject matter of his music to better reflect biblical themes. He’s maintained a warm relationship with President Trump, speaking of his opposition to stifling political correctness in the entertainment industry; the rapper even stated that he planned to cast his first ever vote for President Trump in the 2020 election.
Should he run in this election, it seems more likely that West would be at least inclined to vote for himself.
However, West’s appeal to the black community could mean that he serves as a de facto spoiler taking away enough votes from Democratic nominee Joe Biden to prevent the party elder figure from securing a November victory.
West was edited into the Wikipedia article for the pending 2020 presidential election hours within his tweet, being featured as a major party candidate in the election summary of the page.
Kanye West is yet to file a declaration of candidacy with the Federal Elections Committee, and it’s too late for him to get on the ballot on many major American states, raising questions about the timing or seriousness of his supposed 2020 campaign. However, the colorful musician could be referring to a 2024 campaign.
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